May 192017

Scottish Ministers are seeking to appoint a suitably experienced individual to join the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) as a Non-Executive Director (Commissioner).

Reference: 1258

Remuneration: £10,095 per annum

Location: Edinburgh, and to other locations throughout Scotland

Closing date: 08 June 2017 at midnight

This is a unique role, which offers the exciting opportunity to contribute to the strategic leadership and governance of the NLB in the delivery of a critical safety service to all mariners. The appointed Commissioner will have contact with Ministers providing independent feedback as necessary.

NLB is a highly respected leader in the provision of Marine Aids to Navigation and is the General Lighthouse Authority responsible for the management and provision of around 400 Marine Aids to Navigation in Scotland and the Isle of Man. NLB is designated as a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) to the UK Department for Transport. The majority of the Commissioners are ex-officio with others nominated by the Department for Transport, the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, or co-opted by the Commissioners. Further information can be found on the NLB website

The Board of Commissioners and its subordinate Managing Board and Committees meet in Edinburgh and occasionally Oban and Commissioners are required to visit Lighthouses and other Aids to Navigation throughout Scotland and the Isle of Man by road, sea and air, sometimes in adverse weather.

The Scottish Ministerial appointed Commissioner will serve for a three-year term with the option of renewal subject to performance.

The successful candidate is expected to take up their appointment in October 2017 with a time commitment of approximately 20 days annually, including time at sea, on NLB business.

Remuneration of £10,095 is payable which is not superannuable.

Applicants will have some or all of the following attributes:

  • Senior Executive and/or Non-Executive experience at Board level.
  • Senior experience in a commercial business environment.
  • An understanding of the functions and responsibilities of a public service organisation and the associated standards required.
  • An ability to bring independent judgement to bear on key strategic issues.
  • A demonstrable interest in Scottish or Manx maritime heritage and maritime affairs generally.
  • Knowledge and understanding of working with central government.

As Board members Commissioners are required to adhere to The 7 Principles of public life issued by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. The Northern Lighthouse Board is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit and is committed to diversity and equality.

Applications should be made in writing no later than 8 June 2017 to or by post to Val Ferguson, Ports and Harbours Branch Aviation, Freight, Maritime & Canals Directorate, Area 2F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

Please submit a full CV noting all specific experience relevant to the post.

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